The KU Latinx Studies Initiative faculty aim to increase understanding of how historical, cultural, economic, and legal processes affect local, midwest and national Latinx communities and recent immigrants from Latin America.
Brent Metz, Department of Anthropology
Brent Metz’s principal research involves indigenous identity in Latin America, but he has long held a secondary research and teaching interest in Latinx migration. He conducted applied research for the Michigan Migrant Legal Assistance Project from 1987-91, from which he published the article "The Dynamics of Culture and Law: Anglo Domination of Mexican Migrants in Michigan.” He took courses on Latinx migration in graduate school, and has taught the course ANTH 562 “Mexamerica: Mexico-U.S. Relations” in both Spanish and English eleven times since 2001. He has presented three professional papers on Latinx migration. Recently, he has published an invited editorial about media representations of Mexican migration for Practicing Anthropology and served as an invited presenter and discussant on a panel entitled "How We Think, Work and Write about Migration“ at the Society for Applied Anthropology annual meetings (2017). He was also one of the founding board members of the Lawrence Centro Hispano, for which his Mexamerica students have performed service learning.